WANT TO GO?
Clay Center's Gizmo Factory
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 19.
COST: Included in gallery admission of $7.50 adults, $6 children
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This story will no doubt cause some cries of surprise and groans of sorrow from children and parents across the Kanawha Valley. The Gizmo Factory, a much-loved 10-year-old gallery, will have its last day at the Clay Center on Jan .19, leaving patrons nine days to visit the beloved basement exhibits.
According to a previous news story about the Clay Center's 10th anniversary, the center has entertained and educated more than 1.5 million visitors from 49 states in 10 years, and, according to the Clay Center's Director of Art and Sciences Education, Lewis Ferguson, "the majority of those visitors have visited the Gizmo Factory."
When the Clay Center opened on July 13, 2003, the Gizmo Factory immediately became a hit with visitors of all ages. It is made up of more than 30 exhibits exploring physical science with a particular emphasis on creativity and engineering; sound, light and color; and energy and magnetism.
According to the Clay Center's website, the Gizmo Factory was "designed to inspire curiosity and experimentation with potential for open-ended experiences with multiple results."
It has succeeded in this mission, as many visitors have made beautiful music by plucking the invisible laser strings of the Laser Harp. They have cast a rainbow of shadows as they explored light with the Colored Shadows exhibit. Families have used their every move to make sounds as they explore Body Music.